"They say I could be drafted in the first round, maybe even higher."  Craig "Ironhead" Heyward.

2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT

 

The Matriculator's Top 50 Players in the 2018 Draft

The Matriculator's top 50 Players in the 2017 Draft

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 40 PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 40 PLAYERS IN THE 2015 DRAFT

 THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 40 PLAYERS IN THE 2014 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 32 PLAYERS IN THE 2013 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 32 PLAYERS IN THE 2012 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 15 PLAYERS IN THE 2011 DRAFT

 

This Mock Draft is not intended to rank the players based on ability, but will take into account the yearly ineptitude of Daniel Snyder and The Bills Braintrust (yes, that’s an oxymoron) as well as the annual Oakland Raiders dart toss. We also give you the last five picks at the spot, starting with 2010, along with their draft grade. Click Here for Draft Grading Systempostions_05.png

1
  QB   Joe Burrow, LSU
  Cincinnati Bengals
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 The Andy Dalton era finally ends.  Dalton was the poster child for an average NFL tosser, posting a 70-61 record for his career.  Burrow had arguably the greatest tosser season in college football history (Cam's was still better) but why was it only for one season?  And wasn't there another LSU tosser who had one great season before fizzling in the NFL?  Burrow was almost perfect but it's a different ballgame when everyone expects it of you.  And he won't be throwing to any top level receivers like he was in college.
2   DE
  Chase Young, Ohio State
  Washington Redskins
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Any other year he's the number one pick.  He has the ability to effect the game as much as a quarterback and pull a Von Miller/Dwigth Freeney and lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

3   OT
  Andrew Thomas, Georgia
  Detroit Lions
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He is flawless as a prospect, dominating in pass protection, power run blocking and in space. 

4   CB
  Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
  New York Giants
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Okudah is the first corner prospect in years with the profile of a true shut down corner.
5   QB
  Tua Tagavoiloa, Alabama
  Miami Dolphins
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This is the Dolphins in the Stephen Ross era.  They can't get out of their own way so they draft an injured Hail Mary who was mosly successful against lesser competition.
6   QB
  Justin Herbert, Oregon
  L.A. Chargers
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Rivers was always entertaining but his fire and brimstone attitude was a bit sound and fury-ish.  Herbert is a completely different personality type and his laid back style is reminiscent of Jared Goff.  Is that good or bad?  Depends who you ask.

7   LB
  Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
  Carolina Panthers
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It's always a good sign when you look at the comparables box on the draft evaluation and it says "None".  Simmons can play every position on the field other than border corner and defensive tackle.  The only similar player we can recall is Troy Polamalu who, more so than Big Ben, delivered the Steelers recent Super Bowl turns.
8   CB
  Trevon Diggs, Alabama
  Arizona Cardinals
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Patrick Peterson needs some help.

9   DT
  Derrick Brown, Auburn
  Jacksonville Jaguars
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He's a guy who doesn't come along often.  A large dude who can get to the tosser.  Marcel Dareus 2.0 but without the off field issues.
10   WR
  CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
  Cleveland Browns
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One of the draft's most interesting story lines will be which wide receiver is left in the basket after they are all sent through the NFL sifter.  There are a number of possibilities and Lamb is one of them.  Yes, we are assuming that the Browns are going to unload the bad tamale known as Odell Beckham.  How quickly the wings have melted.

11   WR
  Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
  N.Y. Jets
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The last player the Jets have drafted and developed in their passing game?   Laveranues Coles in the 2000 draft.  When you've forgotten Jeudy's name in four years it won't be his fault.
12   DE
  A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
  Las Vegas Raiders
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A high ceiling guy who might help make up for the Mayock-led errant pick of Clelin Ferrell in the top five last year. 

13   S
  Grant Delpit, LSU
  Indianapolis Colts
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Delpit is a star in the passing game but needs to shore up his tackling.  
14   S
  Isaiah McKinney, Alabama
  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Buccaneers seem to be on a decade long search for guys to shore up the secondary. 

15   OT
  Jedrick Wills, Alabama
  Denver Broncos
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If Wills shows he can make it a left tackle he will push into the top 10.

16   DE
  Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
  Atlanta Falcons
 

The Falcons' GM Thomas Dimitroff continues to maintain that sacks don't matter.  The only season the Falcons had success was when, by some parting of the Red Sea, Vic Beasley led the league in sacks. They went to the Super Bowl. Beasley was otherwise a notable bust as has Takk McKinley been.  If at first (or second) you don't succeed, try, try again. 

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2ND ROUND

3RD ROUND

2011/2012 Matriculator Six

2013 Matriculator Six

2014 Matriculator Six

2015 Matriculator Six

2016 Matriculator Six

2017 Matriculator Six